Strate Jacket, THE FIRST Punk Band to form in Southampton, played on the same bill as many of the punk icons of the day - The Clash, Generation X, The Subway Sect, The Killjoys, Sham 69. Sadly the original line-up featured on the album NEVER commercially released any of the recordings they made. The line-up changed in 1978 after two members of the band and roadies were made an example of by magistrates for a minor fracas outside a venue in Bournemouth before a support slot for Generation X. The band lost impetus and the group split. One member of the band (John Russell) had briefly been a member of the Subway Sect; from this the band connected to Bernie Rhodes, manager of The Clash, plus X-Ray Spex and Menace who all rehearsed in the legendary Rehearsal Rehearsals studio in Camden Town. The OBrien brothers enlisted a new rhythm section and went on to release a 7" single "Youre a Hit / Too Soon too Young (the latter first recorded by the original members, and featured on this album), on the Wessex Records label, in 1979. Now, for the very first time on VINYL, as well as on CD that comes in the same package, hear the ORIGINAL band with the first FIVE tracks taken straight from the ORIGINAL master reel to reel tape. Other tracks have been taken from various cassettes; the B-SIDE of this release a recording of the original line-up at band rehearsal. Taped by roadie "Gumby"in a pub basement, This IS GRASS ROOTS PUNK ROCK! This package comes with a 12" vinyl LP, CD and a download code PLUS a fantastic 12" x 12 eight page booklet.